Mrs. Gellner had worked as a unit secretary at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was a former member of Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and a member of the Belleville-Swansea Women of the Moose Chapter 53.
Emmelene was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Christa Meyer; her parents, August and Pauline, nee Meyer, Toensing; two brothers, Amos and Alves Toensing; and three sisters, Elaine O’Guin, Lorraine Toensing, and Loretta Peeck.
Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Robert L. Gellner, whom she married on July 2, 1949, in St. Louis, MO;
four daughters, Connie (Kenneth) Wallin of Apopka, FL,
Sandra (Jeffery) Meyer of The Woodlands, TX,
April (Morton) Friedman of Belleville, IL,
and Jacqueline (Steven) Lemmon of Millstadt, IL;
six grandchildren, Stacey (Ronald) Kays of Collinsville, IL,
Kara (Justin) Zorn of Pflugerville, TX,
Heather (Jerad) Busch of Cape Girardeau, MO,
Shari Lemmon of Millstadt, IL,
Drew (Ashleigh) Friedman of Belleville, IL,
and Brett Friedman of Belleville, IL;
six great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Kays,
and Emmelene Zorn;
two sisters, Arlene Haas of Mascoutah, IL,
and Jeannetta (William) Jarrett of Coulterville, IL,
two sisters-in-law, Gertie Toensing of Nashville, IL,
and Irene Toensing of Okawville, IL
one brother-in-law, Henry Peeck of Swansea, IL;
and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Mooseheart or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.
Entombment will be at Valhalla Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gellner family.
Bill Potts, Dacono, Colorado, 80514
I worked with emmelene for a long time at the hospital. I looked upon her as a good friend and a loving mother to her girls,who she always talked about. My sympathy to her family, I know they’re going to miss her greatly.
debby ulrich, belleville , I’ll , 62226